Gay Journos Association Gets $100K Gift From CNN

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By: E&P Staff

CNN is donating $100,000 to the scholarship fund of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA), the largest single gift ever to the group from a media company.

The donation will go to support the Leroy F. Aarons Scholarship Award, named for the NLGJA founder and Oakland (Calif.) Tribune Editor Leroy F. “Roy” Aarons, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and editor. Aarons died in 2004 at age 70.

NLGJA will award a $5,000 Aarons scholarship annual to “an LGBT [lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender] undergraduate or graduate student who plans a career in journalism and is committed to furthering NLGJA’s mission of fair and accurate coverage of the LGBT community,” the group said in its announcement.

“CNN is only as strong as its journalists and this donation helps ensure that we not only support an outstanding organization of journalists but a deep resource for hiring future CNN anchors, correspondents and producers,” Jim Walton, president of CNN Worldwide, said in a statement.

NLGJA President Eric Hegedus said the group was grateful to CNN for “sustaining Roy’s commitment to the profession he loved.”

The deadline to apply for the Leroy F. Aarons Scholarship Award is Feb. 1. Information and application may be found on the NLGJA’s Web site. The first Aarons Award recipient will be announced March 16 in New York at NLGJA’s 11th Annual New York Benefit reception and dinner to be held at the West Side Loft, 336 West 37th Street, 6:30pm.

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